From A Concerned Citizen & Business Owner.
I want to give your readers insight into what’s happening in this county.
To fully understand what’s taking place in Montgomery County (MoCo), Maryland, one needs to understand the man who is behind the helm. That man is Marc Elrich.
Marc was born in 1949. He attended University of Maryland where he was a participant of the counter culture. File photos show Marc, with his long hair, participating in anti-war demonstrations at the University of Maryland. It was these same demonstrations that shut down Skinner Hall in 1970.
Marc taught 4th and 5th grade for 17 years before he launched his career as a public activist and politician. He was a city commissioner in Takoma Park, Maryland for 19 years; he currently resides there.
To understand Marc we also need to understand the culture of Takoma Park. Takoma Park is affectionately referred to as the “Berkeley of the East.” It is a city of 17,000 and is rated as the 8th most liberal city in the country.
Takoma Park. Conservatives refer to it as Granola Park (fruit, flakes, and nuts), the capital city of hippy land.
Takoma Park has a legal voting age of 16. It declared itself a nuclear free zone. It was a leader in banning all pesticides. It has a peace delegate and most recently voted to become a fossil-free community banning gas stoves, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and gas water heaters. Its hopes are to close gas pipelines, force gas stations to relocate, and ban vehicles that run on fossil fuel by 2045. Marc Elrich was a council member in Takoma Park from 1987-2006.
In 2006 Marc set his sights on taking his liberal views to the entire county. After running for office of commissioner several times, he was finally elected to an At-Large position on his fourth attempt.
The Washington Post labeled Marc as anti-business.
As a commissioner, Marc voted for the bag tax, voted in a ban on petting zoos and circuses, led the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 and signed a bill prohibiting police from inquiring into a person’s immigration status. He further spearheaded a campaign to cripple the landscaping industry by pushing the lawn weed killer ban; interesting that golf courses were exempt.
His agenda continually pushed for lower cost housing and rights for illegal immigrants. To support his liberal agenda, Marc continues to seek ways to increase our taxes.
In 2019 Marc ran for the position of County Executive and narrowly defeated David Blair in the primary by 77 votes. David Blair was a successful businessman, having built a Fortune 500 company. Elrich’s tactics in defeating David Blair included enlisting his Takoma Park cronies and portraying David Blair as a rich kid from Potomac who was opposed to helping the poor and illegals of MoCo.
Today, Marc Elrich embraces his radical past. He opposes capitalism and free enterprise. He is not sympathetic to reopening MoCo. His leadership style has changed to that of a Marxist. His priority as a Marxist is to keep the population dependent on big government. His goal is remake MoCo into an image of Takoma Park, literally in his own image. His failed attempt at closing private schools is also a way to control the competition.
So, the question we must ask ourselves is, do we want Montgomery County to be the mirror image of Takoma Park? Do we want to be labeled as a “Granola” county? It’s time for conservatives and those with common sense in the county to wake up and realize the real threat of socialism/ communism in our county. If these Marxist trends continue, we will see ourselves as the Berkeley of the East.